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Dragonfly Bar & Dining

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by Samantha Lau (subscribe)
Hi there! I'm Sammie, a Malaysian who's a lover of unicorns, bargains and adventures.
Published December 17th 2012
Something's bugging me to try this place
As my partner and I were strolling past Lord Mayor's Christmas Tree at Victoria Square, we were both starting to get a little parched. As we crossed the road, a chic-looking place called Dragonfly caught our eye and beckoned us in with its chalkboard menu.

Is it me or do most restaurants with a single word as their name usually end up being stylish and elegant? Dragonfly upholds that poshness by delivering a sophisticated look with its black floors and crimson walls and drapes.

Sometimes the combination of black, red and dim lights makes a place look like a red-light district brothel. Dragonfly manages to avoid feeling like a sleazy place and instead feels edgy and chic. Artwork by local artists hangs on one of the red walls, adding to the sophisticated factor. I really love the cool, edgy vibe that Dragonfly is giving off.

After we enter, a friendly waitress seats us at a table inside (there's outdoor seating available as well but we opted to sit inside to enjoy the restaurant's ambience). As she hands us menus, I can't help but admire it. I've seen a lot of places using a clipboard as the menu but Dragonfly puts them to shame by its elegant black hard cover and personally designed paper that has a dragonfly wing pattern. There are also mini tabs at the bottom for easier navigation.

The menu has a variety of bar snacks, sides and main courses. There is a definite fusion of both Asian and European dishes; okonomiyaki and steak are both offered on the same page. My partner and I weren't that hungry so we opted to share one starter and one main.

Crab and sweet corn tostidas with lime and avocado

For our starter, we chose the crab and sweet corn tostidas with lime and avocado. The tostidas were crisp and contrasted well with the softness of the crab and avocado. The lime brought out the flavour of the crab quite well.

Peppered beef rib eye with nori butter and mitsuba mash

We ordered the peppered beef rib eye with nori butter and mitsuba mash for our main. There's that mix of European and Asian right there: nori is a type of Japanese seaweed and mitsuba is a type of Japanese parsley. I was quite excited to taste how typically Japanese ingredients would be blended into a steak. The steak was done medium rare and although I'm not a frequent eater of steak, I enjoyed it. But for me, the best part of this dish was the mitsuba mash. It was soft, buttery and done perfectly.

There are also a variety of cocktails offered in Dragonfly. There are the usual (or as the restaurant calls them, 'Old School') drinks like Cosmopolitans and Long Island Tea but there are also really unusual ones like the Mad Hatter's Tea or the Fuzzy Tingle Times. I tried Queenie's Tea, which is Earl Grey tea blended with Vox Vodka and Peach Liqueur served over ice with fresh lemon juice and mint. You can really taste the tea in this drink! The alcohol not that much, which I like.

Dragonfly might be a bit on the pricey side but that's because you're paying for quality. I'm wholly satisfied with the ambience, service, food and drinks of this place. I'll definitely come back here to try out the other quirky cocktails. It's a great place to wind down and chill.
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Why? Chic place to eat and drink
When: Wednesday 10:30am-10:00pm Thursday 10:30am-10:00pm Friday 10:30am-late Saturday 06:00pm-late
Phone: 08 8212 5661
Where: 193 Victoria Square/Tarndanyangga Adelaide, South Australia
Cost: $20 and above for meals, $20 below for cocktails
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